Where did it all begin?
For the past few years, I've tried to lead a more sustainable, eco-friendly life. Mainly concentrating on living "the good life" in my little Bedfordshire based cottage. I heavily got into my gardening, growing my own veg, composting and encouraging as many forms of wildlife into my garden as possible.
In July of 2018, I discovered "Plastic-free July" and instantly wanted to take on the challenge of reducing my usage of single-use plastic. It was surprising to me how easy it was and I was amazed at how much my household waste was reduced. Despite this, there were area's of my life that I just couldn't avoid plastic
Having graduated with a First Class honours degree in Textiles and Surface Design in 2006 I decided to put my skills to use by making myself some cotton reusable face pads and cotton produce bags for my trips to the supermarket. I was particularly impressed with the face pads if I do say so myself. All these years I had either used face wipes or throw away cotton pads covered in plastic that can't be recycled but also used to take forever to get my eye makeup off. Now, with my pads, it just wiped off instantly with some coconut oil.
I decided to give some away as birthday gifts to girlfriends and the feedback was amazing. A great product that helps the environment. This lead to the launch of Cotton Lily.
Now, three years on, my home may have changed but my values remain. I now live off-grid with my Somerset Beau on our 65ft narrowboat on the Kennet and Avon Canal. Cotton Lily products are my creative outlet to enable people to go plastic-free easily and I now have the advantage of trading from my boat to the towpath visitors alongside an online shop, stockists and attending regular makers markets.
Want to see Cotton Lily products in the flesh? Follow me on Social media for updates on where and when I'll be trading or visit my Makers Market page.
I look forward to meeting you